Welcome to the Little Common Branch of The Royal British Legion
20 May 2020
Subject: COVID19 & EVENTS - A THANK YOU
This message is sent on behalf of the Chairman of the Membership Council. Please share with your branches.
Good afternoon everyone,
As Chairman of the Membership Council and Trustee of the Legion I just wanted to extend my grateful thanks to all of you who abided by the Legion and Government advice not to come together in acts of commemoration and the VE75 celebrations. I appreciate that this was upsetting for every one of us as we had all been planning and preparing events for a long time and wanted to do our best for the anniversary. However, in these times we must think ‘service, not self’ but in a way we may not have done before. It is our responsibility to ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected from this dreadful pandemic and following the Government guidelines is the least we can do to ‘do our bit’.
There are more anniversaries and events approaching. I am thinking particularly of VJ75 and Armed Forces Day, but our position remains that we must approach these as we did VE75 and maintain that all non-essential RBL meetings and gatherings should be cancelled or postponed.
We will be closely monitoring government advice and will adapt our guidance accordingly as and when we feel able. When that happens, we will of course let you know straight away.
In the meantime, thank you again for your stoicism and support. I hope you and those close to you remain safe and well.
Chairman, Membership Council
Trustee, National Memorial Arboretum
28 April 2020
As people are no longer able to attend national and regional VE Day 75 commemorations or events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity for people to participate in from home. This includes a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving and a learning pack for young people.
The Legion is inviting all its members to join together in encouraging people of all generations and communities to take part in the activities on 8th May and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation. As society faces some of the most challenging times since of the Second World War, it is now more important than ever to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.
Royal British Legion Schedule
1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence
1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream
2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
2100 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Two Minute Silence
The Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.
The Royal British Legion Livestream
Following the Silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War. The Legion is inviting people to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their experiences.
Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The stream will be live from 11.15am on the Legion’s website rbl.org.uk/veday75 and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPoppyLegion.
VE Day 75: The People’s CelebrationBBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.
‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website https://www.rbl.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong
VE Day 75 Learning Pack
Designed for 7-14 year olds the learning pack includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and a range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day 75 together. People can follow the activity on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.
Branch led activities
Many Branches are organising online VE Day 75 activities so don’t forget to check what your Branch might have planned and join in.
There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what the world is going through today, and looking to the Second World War generation, their resilience and determination, helps inspire today’s generation in these difficult times.
26 March 2020 - Notice: All Legion events and meetings have been cancelled until the end of June 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Below is a list of dates for your diary of events where you can meet members of the Little Common Branch of The Royal British Legion.
3 March 2020 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
11 February 2020 - Drop-In Centre open 10:00-12:30. 125-127 Seaside Eastbourne. Open every second Tuesday in the month.
4 February 2020 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
14 January 2020 - Drop-In Centre open 10:00-12:30. 125-127 Seaside Eastbourne. Open every second Tuesday in the month.
7 January 2020 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
16 December 2019 - 20:00 hrs - Band Christmas Concert Gillham Room
23 November 2019 - Women's Section Autumn Fair Gillham Room
22 November 2019 - Branch Annual General Meeting – 7:15pm.
11 November 2019 - 20:00 hrs - Poppy Appeal Band Concert Gillham Room
11 November 2019 11:00 hrs - Remembrance Service at Little Common Memorial
10 November 2019 - Remembrance Parade & Church Service
26 October 2019 - 20:00 hrs Poppy Appeal Dance (Hallowe'en theme) Gillham Room
16 September 2019 - Women's Section Fashion Show Gillham Room
26 August 2019 - Meet us at the Bexhill 100 Motor Fair on our Tombola Stand
21 July 2019 - Armed Forces Day - Eastbourne RBL -Simon Weston tickets at the Hippodrome £20 7:30pm.
9 July 2019 - Drop-In Centre open 10:00-12:30. 125-127 Seaside Eastbourne. Open every second Tuesday in the month.
2 July 2019 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
29 June 2019 - Armed Forces Day - Eastbourne RBL -Race Night at the RAFA Club 7:30pm
29 June 2019 - Armed Forces Day - Mais House Summer Fair 14:00-16:00.
29 June 2019 - Armed Forces Day - Eastbourne RBL - March through Terminus Rd into Beacon Centre 10:15am.
11 June 2019 - Drop-In Centre open 10:00-12:30. 125-127 Seaside Eastbourne. Open every second Tuesday in the month.
6 June 2019 - 11:00 hours - Remembrance Service at the Memorial.
4 June 2019 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
2 June 2019 - Polish Remembrance Service 3pm. Chailey Airfield, near Plumpton.
26 May 2019 - Polish Remembrance Service Netherfield.
14 May 2019 - Drop-In Centre open 10:00-12:30. 125-127 Seaside Eastbourne. Open every second Tuesday in the month.
7 May 2019 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
4 May 2019 - Women's Section Spring Fair 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
2 April 2019 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
5 March 2019 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
3 March 2019 - Hailsham Branch - Annual Earl Haig commemorative ceremony in St Mary’s Hailsham Parish Church. Vicarage Rd, Hailsham BN27 1BJ.
14 February 2019 - The Poppy Club AGM is on Thursday 14 February @ 17:30. NB - The Poppy Club is affiliated to our Branch and trades as the Royal British Legion under licence; all Poppy Club members must also be fully paid up members of the RBL.
5 February 2019 - Branch Committee Meeting 10:00 am. Gillham Room.
24 December 2018 - It is with great sadness and deep regret that we report the passing of three of our long-standing members: Jim Bickford, Vince Orchard and Leonard Manwaring.
17 December 2018 - Band Concert 8pm. Update - What a wonderful evening! It was a marvellous Christmas Concert, two hours of pure entertainment with sing-along carols mixed in with a wide repertoire of music. We are so fortunate to have such a professional band, something to be proud of. The Raffle raised £193 for the Band towards the upkeep of their instruments.
14 December 2018 - Branch Annual General Meeting - 7pm. Update - A very positive meeting with encouraging feedback, best attendance for several years.